is a new Internet hosting service provider that hopes to make a mark with Macintosh enthusiasts as one of the first Web hosting companies to use Apple’s Xserve exclusively.
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Apple’s Xserve is a 1U rack-mounted server solution based around the PowerPC G4 architecture. The system is available in single and dual-processor configurations and comes equipped with Mac OS X Server pre-installed. Apple has released the new system in the hope of attracting enterprise customers and other businesses that might otherwise opt for servers from PC-compatible computer manufacturers and others, and there’s some evidence that it’s working:
a recent study
done by a market research firm showed that while Apple’s server sales still make up an infinitesimal market share overall, sales are up more than 200 percent year over year.
Xpowerhosting.com vice president and CTO Roger Cates said that his company “thought it was about time for a real life Mac based web hosting company that had Apache, ASP, PHP, MySQL and WebObjects.”
He added that Xpowerhosting offers WebObjects hosting standard with several of its hosting plans, and hopes to draw interest from developers interested in creating sophisticated e-commerce solutions.
Prices for the company’s hosting packages range from US$19.95 per month for “Basic” hosting for consumers or small businesses with modest needs, all the way up to $149.95 for “Titanium” hosting, which is aimed at developers and designers who want to use Xpowerhosting.com to host multiple Web sites. Contracts are available which offer discounts, as well. Xpowerhosting also offers dedicated server solutions at a variety of price points.